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Louisiana state recreational red snapper season closes 12:01 a.m. January 1, 2016

Release Date: 12/29/2015

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For Immediate Release
December 29, 2015

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

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(504) 286-8745

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Louisiana state recreational red snapper season closes 12:01 a.m. January 1, 2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced that the state recreational red snapper season will close at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2016.

 

The state Fall red snapper season which opened on November 20th allowed anglers a final opportunity to harvest the remaining 88,823 pounds of red snapper that went unharvested earlier in the year.  The Fall season provided anglers an additional 41 days of fishing opportunity in 2015.   

 

“Thanks to LA Creel we are able to monitor red snapper landings in near real-time, allowing Louisiana anglers to maximize their catch”, said Robert Barham, Secretary of LDWF. The 2016 state red snapper season dates will be discussed at the January Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting.
 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

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Oyster Task Force to Meet January 5th at 1:00 PM

Release Date: 12/29/2015

News Release

 

For Immediate Release

December 29, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 1pm

2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

 

 AGENDA

 

I.     Roll call and introduction of guests

II.    Approval of November 10, 2015 meeting minutes and January 5, 2015 agenda

III.   Treasury Report

A.      Oyster Tag Sales

B.      LOTF Financial Report

IV.  Committee Reports

A.      Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee  (Mitch Jurisich)

B.      Enforcement (Capt. Chad Hebert)

C.      Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)

D.     Research (Patrick Banks)

E.      Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

F.      Marketing (LDWF)

G.      Health (Lance Broussard)

H.     Sustainability (LDWF)

I.        Professionalism (LDWF)

J.    Aquaculture

K.  Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee (John Tesvich)

 

V.   New Business

A.     Recommendation for continuing the Seed Ground Permit Program

B.      Proposal to reconsider oyster seed ground and private leasing boundaries (redline)

C.   Proposal to develop updated severance taxes on oysters

D.   Proposal to change requirements on oyster gear (dredges) allowed on public seed grounds

E.   Officer Elections

 VI.     Public Comment

VII.  Set Next Meeting

VIII.        Adjourn

 

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at

 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1606506706486432258

   

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AMENDED - LDWF Secretary Robert Barham Authorizes Deer Hunting Season Closure East of U.S. 65 from Arkansas state line to Vidalia, La., Because of Flooding

Release Date: 12/29/2015

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Dec. 29, 2015 – Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham will close deer hunting season in a portion of northeast and central Louisiana because of flooding from the Mississippi River.

Beginning Sunday (Jan. 3) at official sunset, deer hunting season will be closed from east of U.S. 65 from the Arkansas state line to north of Vidalia, La., and west of the Louisiana-Mississippi border. The season will resume when flooding recedes and conditions allow.

Parishes affected by this include East Carroll, Madison, Tensas and Concordia. Continued unrestricted hunting under these circumstances poses a potential risk of overharvest of the deer resource and may pose a significant risk to the hunting public because of the increased concentration of hunters in the areas where deer and other wildlife are located.

Barham is acting under authority granted by emergency provisions of R.S. 49:953 of the Administrative Procedure Act and under authority of R.S. 56:115.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.

For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LDWF Secretary Robert Barham Authorizes Deer Hunting Season Closure East of U.S. 65 from Arkansas state line to Vidalia, La., Because of Flooding

Release Date: 12/28/2015

Dec. 28, 2015 – Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham will close deer hunting season in a portion of northeast and central Louisiana because of flooding from the Mississippi River.
 
Beginning Tuesday (Dec. 29) at official sunset, deer hunting season will be closed from east of U.S. 65 from the Arkansas state line to Vidalia, La. The season will resume when flooding recedes and conditions allow.
 
Parishes affected by this include East Carroll, Madison, Tensas and Concordia.
Continued unrestricted hunting under these circumstances poses a potential risk of overharvest of the deer resource and may pose a significant risk to the hunting public because of the increased concentration of hunters in the areas where deer and other wildlife are located.
 
Barham is acting under authority granted by emergency provisions of R.S. 49:953 of the Administrative Procedure Act and under authority of R.S. 56:115.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

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Agent Makes Night Hunting Case in Richland Parish

Release Date: 12/24/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agent cited two Winnsboro men for alleged deer hunting violations in Richland Parish on Dec. 22.
 
The agent cited Danny Floyd, 23, and Christopher Floyd, 19, for hunting deer during illegal hours and hunting from a public road. Danny Floyd was also cited for shooting from a public road.
 
Acting on a tip about night hunting in the area, LDWF Senior Agent Johnny Wilson set up surveillance on McMillan Road about five miles southwest of Mangham around 9 p.m. Around 9:45 Senior Agent Wilson heard a shot from a rifle and went to investigate.
Senior Agent Wilson found the Floyd brothers in their vehicle with a .17 caliber rifle. The Floyd brothers admitted to the agent about shooting at a four point deer but missing. Danny Floyd admitted to shooting the gun.
 
Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a fine between $900 and $950 and up to 120 days of jail time. Hunting from a public road and shooting from a public road each brings a fine between $100 and $350 and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.
 
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

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LDWF Using Technology to Investigate Changes in Winter Distribution of White-Fronted Geese

Release Date: 12/23/2015

LDWF Using Technology to Investigate Changes in Winter Distribution of White-Fronted Geese

 

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LDWF Reaches Tentative Agreement with Molpus Woodlands Group to acquire 8,755 Acres for Inclusion into the WMA System in North Louisiana

Release Date: 12/18/2015

Dec. 18, 2015  – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Wildlife Management Areas may be growing in north Louisiana and that could give Morehouse and Union parish residents new outdoor recreation opportunities, including public hunting.

LDWF has reached a tentative agreement with Molpus Woodlands Group on behalf of a client to acquire 8,755 acres of land in Morehouse and Union parishes that would be managed as two WMAs. The tracts are along Chemin-A-Haut Bayou (3,842 acres), located in Morehouse Parish, and Bayou DeLoutre (4,913 acres) in Union Parish. The land could become part of LDWF’s WMA system as early as the spring of 2016.

“We’re excited about the possibility of adding these critical expanses to our WMAs’ roster,’’ LDWF Secretary Robert Barham said. “One of our top goals is to continue to ensure viable wildlife resources are sustained in all areas of the state. Creating WMAs at Chemin-A-Haut and Bayou DeLoutre would be a major step in that direction.

“Another positive is that we’ll be increasing the opportunities for Louisiana residents to enjoy all that our WMAs have to offer.’’

LDWF manages 1.6 million acres on 55 WMAs throughout Louisiana. The agency’s goal is to provide access to WMA landscapes for outdoor recreational opportunities as well as provide the necessary habitats to support both game and non-game wildlife species.

The benefits of acquiring and transforming Chemin-A-Haut and Bayou DeLoutre properties into WMAs are many, including increasing water quality in the Ouachita River Watershed, which serves approximately 180,000 people.

Bayou DeLoutre is a designated Louisiana Natural and Scenic River.

The Chemin-A-Haut tract is part of the Bayou Bartholomew drainage, which also is a designated Louisiana Natural and Scenic River. This bayou is 359 miles in length, making it the world’s longest. It is also one of America’s most diverse waterways, containing over 115 species of fish. Bayou Bartholomew has the highest fish and mussel diversity in the state and contains several federally endangered mussels, including the rabbitsfoot and the pink mucket.

The Louisiana Natural Heritage Program tracks four species of fish and 12 species of mussels in this watershed and considers this area a high priority for conservation.

These properties are located in critical habitat for the federally threatened Louisiana black bear and serve as denning and foraging areas for this species.  Other species that utilize these areas include songbirds, eagles, and many species of bats. 

The Molpus Woodlands Group, LLC, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., manages 1.875 million acres of timberland investments in 17 states and is one of the oldest timber-related companies in the nation. The company focuses on ensuring long-term optimal cash returns on investments while practicing responsible forest stewardship. For more information, visit www.molpus.com.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Trey Iles at 225.765.5115 or riles@wlf.la.gov.

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2016 Turkey Season Lottery Hunt Applications Available

Release Date: 12/15/2015

Dec. 15, 2015 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2016 turkey season lottery hunts on state wildlife management areas.  The deadline for application submission is Friday, Feb. 5, 2016.
Regular turkey lottery hunts will be held on 10 state wildlife management areas (WMAs) this spring.  Youth lottery hunts will be held on 14 WMAs.
The application forms for these WMA hunts for adult and youth hunters are now available on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts . The forms list all lottery hunt dates and locations.
The 2016 wild turkey season will open March 26 on private lands in three designated areas with varying end of season dates as follows: Area A, March 26 - April 24; Area B, March 26 - April 17; and Area C, March 26 - April 10. For a map with all areas color-coded, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/turkey.
The statewide youth and physically challenged hunter weekend for private lands will be March 19-20. To access additional information on turkey season, review the 2015-16 Louisiana Hunting Regulations booklet at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/regulations .
For more information, contact Cody Cedotal at ccedotal@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2361.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

 

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Shrimp Season To Close in Portions of State Inside Waters

Release Date: 12/15/2015

Shrimp Season To Close in Portions of State Inside Waters

Shrimp Season To Close in Portions of State Inside Waters

(Dec. 14, 2015) Today, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham announced a closure of the fall shrimp season in most state inside waters effective Monday, December 21, 2015 at official sunset.

Specifically, those waters that will close to shrimping include:

  • All state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line except for the following waters located east of the Mississippi River:
    • Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, Mississippi Sound, Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as bounded by the double-rig line described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2

The following state waters will remain open to shrimping until further notice:

  • Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, Mississippi Sound, Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as bounded by the double-rig line described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2
  • All state outside waters
  • All fishery jurisdiction waters claimed by the state beyond the three nautical mile closure zone

For a map detailing today’s actions click here

Existing data do not currently support shrimping closures in additional state inside or outside waters. However, historic data suggest additional closures may be needed in the near future and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will continue monitoring shrimp populations in these waters.

Regulations state that the possession count on saltwater, white shrimp shall average no more than 100 (whole shrimp) per pound, with the exception of October 15 through the third Monday in December, when there is no minimum count size.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission provided LDWF Secretary Robert Barham with authority to close the fall inshore shrimp season when biological and technical data indicate the need. Recent sampling conducted by the LDWF Fisheries biologists indicates that average white shrimp size in those waters to be closed is smaller than the minimum possession size limit. This action, which characteristically takes place at this time of year, is designed to protect small, white shrimp and provide opportunity for these populations to over-winter and grow to larger, more marketable sizes.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Jeff Marx at (337) 373-0032 or jmarx@wlf.la.gov

LDWF’s License to Win! Sweepstakes Winners Announced

Release Date: 12/14/2015

Christmas has come early for several Louisiana recreational saltwater fishing license holders. As part of it’s first annual License to Win! promotion, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in partnership with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation awarded five lucky winners for its November saltwater license holder drawing. Winners drawn on December 1 include Hunter Thomas, Joseph Gillen, Merlin Hasselbeck, Aaron Logan and Timothy Wiesmann.
 
The winners were among thousands of names entered when they purchased a 2015-16 recreational saltwater fishing license.

The sweepstakes includes fives monthly prize winners of a YETI Tundra 45 ice chest, Shimano Curado G-Loomis Combo or gift cards from Academy Sports and Outdoors, Texaco and Whole Foods Market.

The License to Win! sweepstakes encourages anglers to provide accurate contact information to participate in a survey (LA Creel) that helps LDWF manage their fishery. LA Creel is the data-gathering survey that allows LDWF biologists to manage our fisheries at localized levels across the state. The success of LA Creel will not only allow the Department to better manage fisheries, but will ultimately maximize the amount of fishing opportunities for Louisiana anglers. 

We’re only halfway through this year long promotion, leaving plenty opportunity for your chance to be our next lucky winner.  Visit your nearest license vendor or go online (www.wildlifelicense.com) to purchase your recreational saltwater license to be eligible for next month’s drawing. The department will continue to select five winners each month, and one lucky angler will take home the grand prize, a 22 foot bay boat, trailer and motor donated by Venice Marina, Mercury Outboards and Mike Gerald’s Trailer Depot.

Rules, photos and additional information can be found at http://www.fishla.org/license-win-sweepstakes/.  

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